Art therapy bachelor's degree programs are available from several Christian colleges and universities throughout the country. These schools vary in denomination, size and other factors. Explore some of the schools that offer art therapy majors, and learn about their unique programs here.
Several different states are home to private, Christian colleges with art therapy programs. In the table below you can compare a handful of these schools' tuition and denomination.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Emmanuel College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Boston, MA||$38,884|
|Northwestern College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Reformed Church in America||Orange City, IA||$30,200|
|Trinity Christian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Palos Heights, IL||$28,675|
|Capital University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Columbus, OH||$34,600|
|Houston Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Houston, TX||$31,730|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges with an Art Therapy Major
Art therapy programs are usually interdisciplinary and may be offered through schools' art and/or psychology departments. Students considering these programs at Christian colleges may also want to know about the spiritual growth opportunities available to them. Find out about some of the Christian colleges' art therapy programs, spiritual growth opportunities and other distinguishing characteristics.
Emmanuel College in Massachusetts had a little more than 2,010 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The college's Art Department has an Bachelor of Art in Studio Art with a specialization in Art Therapy program that includes coursework in studio art, psychology and art therapy. Students in the program have unique internship opportunities through various organizations in the Boston area and must complete an art therapy practicum. The college supports students' spiritual lives through mass, prayer services, spiritual retreats, religious lectures/conferences and community service opportunities.
Northwestern College's Art Department provides an art therapy program that culminates in the submission of a digitized portfolio during students' senior year that includes at least 15 pieces of visual art. The program also requires an internship and coursework in psychology and various areas of art, like drawing and sculpture. The Iowa college had about 1,090 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Students wishing to further develop their faith can participate in D-groups (discipleship), chapel worship, mission trips, spiritual retreats, service and outreach opportunities and faith-based organizations, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Trinity Christian College
Illinois' Trinity Christian College encourages spiritual growth in their students through prayer ministry, men's and women's ministries and various worship opportunities, such as chapel and OutCry (student-led worship). Students in the college's art therapy program work closely with art and psychology faculty as they complete field experiences through the Psychology Department and a Capstone project through the Art Department. Students in the program experience small class sizes and a can participate in a wide range of art-related opportunities in nearby Chicago. The NCES reported that the college had around 1,190 undergraduates in 2016.
Capital University has a unique Bachelor of Arts degree program in art therapy that allows students to take an additional major or minor from a clinical or studio track. The clinical track offers a major in psychology or minors in psychology, sociology, criminology or social work, while the studio track has a major in studio art and minors in studio art, music or art history. Students in the program may also participate in research and/or study abroad opportunities. The university is located in Ohio and had close to 2,720 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Spiritual life on campus includes weekly chapel services, an interfaith prayer space and spiritual organizations, such as Young Life and Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
Houston Baptist University
According to the NCES, Houston Baptist University enrolled around 2,330 undergraduates in 2016. The university offers a unique pre-professional art therapy major through the Department of Psychology and the Department of Visual Arts. This pre-professional program focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in art therapy and encourages them to build their portfolio and complete at least 100 hours of experience in education or human services to include in their application to graduate school. Students can participate in Bible studies, Baptist Student Ministry, mission trips and other spiritual activities that can count toward graduation requirements in the school's Community Life + Worship (CLW) program.